‘If you are moving with eagerness in your heart, then you are alive!
If you are moving with that spark of dreams in your eyes, then you are alive!
Learn to stay free like a breeze of air
Learn to flow along the waves, like a sea
Meet every moment with your arms open
Every minute is new.
If you are taking surprises in your eyes, then you are alive!
If you are taking anxiousness in your heart, then you are alive!’
These beautiful lines written by Javed Aktar in ZNMD, explains the true meaning of life. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Sky diving, one of the extreme sports is an ultimate drug to an adrenaline junkie. The uneasy anxiousness and the funny tinkling which you get in your heart, you just cannot control your excitement when you are in the plane. When your turn comes, blood rushes through your body as you have a look down. You secretly take your god’s name and jump for the ultimate experience of your life.
The continuous shout is enough to echo in the whole complex. But the sound fades among the strong winds. Your whole skin, especially your mouth gets pushed backwards due to winds. You may look like a cartoon, if anyone could see you at that moment. As the parachute opens up, you slowly calm down and look around. You take in the heavenly moments. The earth is desperate enough to pull you down and hug you. The huge green brown fields under you might not be appealing, but you will never forget those 15 minutes of your life.
Each year, millions of people skydive all over the world to enjoy the thrill. It is surely not for the faint hearted, There are various types of skydives which you can do.
Types of Sky Dives
- Tandem Jump
The most basic of all is the Tandem jump. If you are short of time, money and interested in only one time experience, than Tandem jump is perfect for you. It is the easiest and cheapest of all, though a little expensive than static jump.
In Tandem jump participant is connected via a harness to a professional instructor. The instructor guides the participant through the whole jump from exit through freefall, piloting the canopy, and landing. The participant needs only minimal instruction before making a tandem jump. The instructor remains primarily responsible for safe and timely parachute deployment. You jump from aircraft from an altitude of 10,000 feet with a downward cruising speed of over 220 Kms/hour. The best part is that the entire experience will be video recorded for your memories.
Cost – INR 35,000/-
- First Jump Course
For those who look beyond one jump and wish to learn about skydiving, should go to First Jump course. You will be trained as per USPA (United States Parachute Association) guidelines and theory classes will last 8 to 10 hours. One full day training followed by two working tandems, where you will be required to clear Grade A and Grade B of parachute training. In all there are three jumps which will see you becoming an amateur skydiver.
The cost of this package of 3 days is INR 95,000/-
- Solo Jump Course
Sometimes it is a put off for some people when they come to know that an instructor will assist them. It is their moment and they like to spend it alone. Some people may also like to maneuver the flight controls by themselves. The Solo jump course is the ultimate course for the ones who want to learn skydiving professionally without the aid of instructor anywhere in the world at any USPA drop zone. The course duration is about 5-7 days and this course is ideally suited for those who wish to take up skydiving as a career option. This course is a progression towards ‘A’ License course. Once someone successfully completes this course, the person would be qualified to jump solo without an instructor anywhere in the world.
The cost of the course is INR 2, 50,000/-
But where does the Sky dive happen?
The Sky dive is conducted in the Mehsana city of Gujarat. It is just 75kms away from Ahmadabad. The organizers called Skyriders, has organized a camp here. The temple city looks beautiful from 10,000 feet above sea level. Command the winds as you go down like a meteor until you open your parachute. Indulge in the thrill of soaring in the blue sky with the winds at Mehsana. Whether you are a beginner or a hard-core adventure freak, the quaint town offers the best skydiving experience ever.
- Make sure to choose a reputed and certified organizer for sky diving.
- Do not take up this sport if you suffer from high blood pressure, heart problem, and fear of heights.
- At any season of the year (except monsoon), you should go to skydive on a clear day either from 8:00 am to 10:00 am or from 4:00 pm till 5:00 pm.
- Before skydiving, just stay calm and recall the lessons your instructor has taught you.
- You must be at least 18 years of age.